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Building collapse in Machesney Park, Illinois, knocks down cranes, injures 3

A building under construction collapsed Monday in northern Illinois, toppling three cranes and injuring workers operating them.

The collapse occurred around 2 p.m. in Machesney Park, according to John Bergeron, chief of the Harlem Roscoe Fire Protection District.

“They were on some cranes doing some work,” Bergeron said during a news conference. “The three cranes fell… The entire structure collapsed.”

The building is owned by machine company Hennig Inc., which did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

Pictured is a Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District fire truck.

The conditions of crane operators are unknown

Bergeron said two of the workers were taken to the hospital and the other refused treatment. The three operators are men in their 30s and the fire chief did not know the condition of the two who are hospitalized.

The building’s collapse caused steel and beams to collapse and damage several vehicles at the construction site, according to NBC Chicago. The three cranes were between 30 and 40 feet high in the air before falling, the outlet said, citing officials.